Take extra care in hiring couriers, firms told

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COMPANIES, particularly delivery and courier service firms, were reminded by the police to carefully scrutinize persons who are applying as delivery riders.

This is to ensure that their companies won’t be used in illegal transactions and delivery of contraband,” Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar said.

He added that the companies should always be alert against those who might use their services to deliver contraband, including illegal drugs. “We hope they should immediately inform the authorities if in case something like this is happening so the PNP can immediately take action.”

PGen. Eleazar also lauded the joint anti-illegal drugs operations team of the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Caloocan City that seized some P3.4-million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.

The team arrested suspect Arturo Del Cruz Jr., 38 years old, a delivery rider, of Navotas City, during the operation conducted last Saturday (October 23) in front of a fast food chain along Loreto St., Barangay 84 in Caloocan City.

Authorities were able to confiscate 500 grams of suspected shabu worth P3.4 million from the suspect, as well as a P1,000 bill used as buy-bust money and some boodle money.

PGen Eleazar tasked the local police to conduct a follow-up investigation to determine the extent of Del Cruz’s operations and his possible affiliation with an illegal drug syndicate.

The suspect is now in the custody of PDEA III office while the complaint of violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against him is being readied.

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